Terrorism experts, law enforcement officials, U.S. military officials and dog breeders will gather next week in a Durham, N.C., hotel ballroom to try and reverse a dangerous national security deficit: the shortage of high-quality U.S.-bred detection dogs.
On the agenda are sessions like, “Federal Procurement of Detection Dogs,” “National Standards & Certification for Explosives Detection Dogs” and “Career Options for Detection Dogs: Options & Specialties within Detection Work.”
But the annual gathering since 2017 this year has an added sense of urgency. Terrorism is on the rise and creating much greater demand for detection dogs — while a shortage of U.S.-bred dogs available to detect explosives remains stubbornly persistent.
Source: The Hill